Puzzle London, did you know that puzzles were invented here?

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If you can’t go to London right now (maybe for covid reasons), there’s always the option of doing a puzzle with a photo of London.

There are several different-sized puzzles available, typically from 50 pieces to 2000 pieces, and the prices are affordable considering the time that must be invested.

The story of puzzles

John Spilsbury, who lived around 1760 in London, is considered the inventor of the puzzle. He worked as a cartographer and engraver, printing maps on wood and cutting them in pieces to sell.

It is likely that Spilsbury was not the first inventor to design the first puzzle. However, he is the first documented inventor.

What Spilsbury did was nothing more than a map glued to a wooden base and cut into the “geographic puzzle.” The map puzzles are still very popular today.

The term “jigsaw” was used only by the 1800s, and it is a type of hacksaw that was then used to cut puzzles. The name “jigsaw” remained to distinguish jigsaw puzzles from other types of puzzles, such as crosswords or sudoku.

Initially, puzzles were considered an activity for the elite due to the cost of their production. Over time, they became cheaper to produce and therefore more accessible to the general public. Instead of wood, they’re now made of cardboard.

During the Great Depression in the ‘30s there was a real boom of puzzles in the United States, they were cheap, they kept the unemployed busy and were a way to escape from reality.

Despite computers and smartphones, jigsaw puzzles resist and are still a welcome gift for many.

London Jigsaw Puzzles you can buy

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